Just about a week ago, the KOSMO! Anime = Hentai controversy erupted resulting in the newspaper receiving tons of hate from the although small, but still sizable and vocal anime fans community in Malaysia.
Now this morning, I’d just picked up the newspaper to read, and being a loyal reader of The Star, one of the top and most widely distributed newspapers nationwide, I was pleasantly surprised that their Variety section had a 3 page article on anime and manga fandom in Malaysia, which is quite unprecendented over here. Plus, it was just the inaugural article for a new weekly column, OtakuZone, which as it’s namesake, is a column focusing on anime and manga.
I’m glad for The Star for starting this column as this is a positive step into increasing the exposure of anime and manga in Malaysia, by featuring it in the mainstream newspapers. Hopefully this will bode well for the otaku community in Malaysia. Kudos to the OtakuZone team :)
Below I’m including scans from the article itself. I apologize for the quality though, n00b at scanning :P.
**Edit:** Thanks to a reader of my blog, Mike, who gladly fixed up all my scans together in one page, it’s now much more easier to read it. Get it here.